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Course Code: FREN101 Course ID: 3005 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a continuation of FREN100, French I. Students will continue to build vocabulary and be introduced to more advanced grammatical usage. In addition to similar—but more advanced—online listening, speaking, reading and writing exercises, students will also learn to communicate in more abstract patterns of thought as demonstrated through the use of cartoons and humor. Please note the technical specifications below. These are required to interface with the online version of Rosetta Stone. If you cannot meet these requirements we strongly recommend you do not take this course. Please contact if you are unsure or have any questions. * The ability to download and install the speech component. * A working microphone installed on the computer for speech recognition. * Access to streaming media is also required and should be confirmed before registering for the class.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/31/20 - 01/29/21 02/01/21 - 03/28/21 Winter 2021 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/20 - 04/02/21 04/05/21 - 05/30/21 Spring 2021 Session B 8 Week session
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Demonstrate intermediate French literacy through reading, speaking, writing and listening.

  1. Identify structures, vocabulary, and sounds for Travel and Destinations, Spatial Relationships, Exploring Ordinal Numbers, Directions and Location, Subject Pronouns, The Present Tense, Telling Time, Arriving and Departing, Travel and Distance, Weather Today, Weather Tomorrow, le passé composé
  2. Differentiate structures, vocabulary, and sounds for Future Tenses, Giving, Letter Writing, Oral Comprehension, School Subjects, Meaning and Understanding, Imperfect, When and Was, Work Role, Practicing the Imperfect, Manners, le passé composé vs. l’imparfait.
  3. Use structures, vocabulary, and sounds for Formal Imperatives, Giving and Following Instructions, Months of the Year, Social Interaction Verbs, Timeliness and Numbers Greater Than 10, Contact Information, Calendar Dates, Imperatives, Future, Parties and Meals, Requirements, Celebrations and Culture, Oral Expression, Music and Forms of Good and Bad, Busy and Free, Apology and Acceptance, Conditional Mode
  4. Employ structures, vocabulary, and sounds for Expectations About the Future, Asking and Answering, Dining In and Dining Out, Music and Art, Cities, Seek and Find, Accentuation, Intonation, Rhythmic Groups, Worship Sites and Basic Emotions, Length of Time Sequencing, An Aspect of Culture, Vacations, Quantity and Ability, Going to the Beach.
  1. Lessons: Here you will find the course structure and curriculum, the essential instructions and material for this course. You should read and study this material, which you will be quizzed and tested on. The material in Lessons supports and connects with the material in Rosetta Stone.
  2. Rosetta Stone (Four Units, 16 Lessons, & Four Milestones): You can think of this element as the language laboratory of this course where—through an interactive multimedia platform—you spend the time required to practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing the language in order to achieve linguistic competence.

Please be advised that this course contains four units of Rosetta Stone, meaning 16 lessons over the course of 8 weeks. Thirty percent of your course grade comes from the completion of these 16 lessons comprising the 4 UNITS.

There are two ways to receive credit for the Rosetta Stone portion. Choose one of the two options. If you have no experience in the French language, I recommend option one.

  1. Option A, Full Completion: Complete 100% of the exercises from the four lessons and reviews in each of the four units. In other words, to receive 100% credit, complete 100% of the Rosetta Stone exercises available to you. If you are a beginning student and you want to learn the language, this is the option that we would most recommend to you.
  2. Option B, Performance on End of Lesson Reviews and Milestones: At the end of the sixteen lessons, you will find a “Review” Section. To receive 100% credit for that lesson, you must to achieve a score of 80% or higher on that “Review” at the end of each of the 16 lessons. (If you take this option, you

do not have to complete all of the lessons in the unit.) To receive full credit for the Unit, you must achieve a score of 80% or higher on each of the “Milestones” with at the end of each unit.

If you already understand the language and you would like to certify that knowledge with college credit, this is the option that we would recommend to you.

To gain access to Rosetta Stone, click on Course Materials in the online classroom then French II. You can check to make sure you are in the right section by comparing the content with Lessons or our Weekly Schedule. You should work through the four units (with four lessons and a review in each unit) of the program at the pace outlined in the schedule below. Please be aware that each of the exercises will count towards the largest portion of your final average of this course.

Remember that you must complete two lessons per week. That means approximately every three days you must complete a lesson. I encourage you to pace yourself. Repetition and regularity are an essential elements of successful language acquisition and will greatly improve your average. I highly recommend working with Rosetta Stone for 45 to 60 minutes every single day rather than three or six hours once or twice per week. I encourage you to repeat the exercises as much as you need to achieve the scores and level of comprehension that make you comfortable.

I will be assigning you a grade four times during the semester: at the end of weeks two, four, six, and eight. The grade that you earn during week eight will replace the grade that you earn during previous weeks. You may do the exercises as many times as you like so as to improve your average. In order to maximize the learning experience, I do encourage you however to keep up throughout the term. Your last grade recorded in the system will be the one that determines your final average.

Once you complete each UNIT (at the end of each two-week period), you should submit the unit via Assignments and attach a Learner Progress Report as a PDF attachment (Not XL Please). Instructions for doing so are under assignments and resources. These reports can give you an excellent indicator of your individual progress. Review the two ways to submit mentioned above. Do not submit a unit via assignments until it is complete, and you are ready to be graded.

  1. Four Vocabulary Builders. In a nut shell, you are responsible for certifying your memorization of six new words per day—five days per week, or 30 words per week. You should submit this progress via Assignments every two weeks. The goal of this activity is your acquisition of at least 210 new words by the end of this eight-week course. Find full instructions for submitting your word lists under Assignments in Sakai.
  2. Seven Skill-builders (under Quizzes in Sakai): These Skill- builders test your weekly comprehension of the material under Lessons and on Rosetta Stone. Think of them as worksheets rather than quizzes: We encourage you retake them as many times as you need to achieve a perfect score and full credit for the activity.
  3. Forums (Weeks One Through Seven): To receive full credit, respond thoughtfully to all topics by midweek and to your classmates by the week’s end. It is essential that your responses show that you read the material from the Lessons first and that you are trying to write with proper French grammar, spelling, and accentuation. There will be cultural study forums. You must show that you have done research and are attempting to deepen your knowledge and understanding of French culture: art, literature, history, politics, cuisine, economy, etc. Please interact as frequently and regularly as possible throughout the week.
NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Week 1 Présentez-vous 3.08 %
Week 2 Les questions et les réponses au passé composé 3.08 %
Week 2 Travelling makes us dream 3.08 %
Week 3 Le présent et lâ??avenir immédiat 3.08 %
Week 3 French and francophone Writers 3.08 %
Week 4 La description au passé et le fait terminé 3.08 %
Week 4 Food, sports, or athletes 3.08 %
Week 5 Lâ??avenir 3.08 %
Week 5 How France has contributed to the development of the United States 3.08 %
Week 6 La description et les comparaisons 3.08 %
Week 7 Comment formuler une hypothèse 3.08 %
Week 6 Current events 3.08 %
Week 8 Forum 3.08 %
Rosetta Stone: Your "Language Lab" 20.00 %
Week 2 Rosetta Stone Unit 1 1.43 %
Week 4 Rosetta Stone Units 1 and 2 5.00 %
Week 6 Rosetta Stone Units 1, 2, and 3 5.00 %
Week 8 Rosetta Stone Units, 1, 2, 3 and 4 5.00 %
Oral Assignment 20.00 %
Week 1 Oral Assignment 5.00 %
Week 3 Oral Assignment 5.00 %
Week 5 Oral Assignment 5.00 %
Week 7 Oral Assignment 5.00 %
Final Assessment 5.00 %
French Short Essay Final Assessment Activity 5.00 %
Skill Builders 15.00 %
Skill-builder 1 2.14 %
Skill-builder 2 2.14 %
Skill-builder 5 2.14 %
Skill-builder 7 2.14 %
Skill-builder 4 2.14 %
Skill-builder 6 2.14 %
Skill-builder 3 2.14 %

Required Texts:


Required Equipment for Rosetta Stone Use:

If you would like Rosetta Stone to work properly, you should procure a working headset that connects to the USB port. If you do not have one, you can purchase one cheaply online. Here is how

to configure your headset.

Required Web-based Components of this Course:

To access to Rosetta Stone, click on Rosetta Stone in the online classroom in Sakai. All supporting documents dealing with troubleshooting technical details and set up are under Resources. You can also access Rosetta Stone on your mobile phone. To do so, login first through Sakai, then click on our classroom number, then on the button for Rosetta Stone in the menu to the left.

Here is the User’s Guide.

Here’s a list of technical requirements from our Classroom Support team.

Here’s How to Change your Voice Recognition Settings on Rosetta Stone

Here’s How to Pull a Learner Assessment Report to track and document your progress.

If you have technical difficulties with Rosetta Stone, please feel free to click support in the Rosetta Stone portal or contact the numbers below. Make sure now that your exercises are saving in the system as you move forward by pulling a Learner Assessment Report.

Technical Support for APUS Sakai:

Technical Support for Rosetta Stone: Here’s how to get in touch

Sometimes students must do a bit of tweaking to configure their machines during week one. Rarely do they experience these issues very long. Proactively calling Rosetta Stone Tech Support will nip these issues quickly in the bud.

They have a remote access technical assistance service that can be very helpful for resolving any issues you might be experiencing. Please do give them a call if you experience problems rather than

exasperating yourselves. J If they are not helpful, let me know so that I can contact our sales representative on your behalf.

Additional Software Requirements:

French Accents: Required!

It is very important that you learn immediately how to type French accents through your operating system or through typing tools.

Library Course Guide:

Recommended Resources:

A good verb conjugation manual A good French dictionary

Book Title:The RosettaStone materials will be provided via the classroom.
Publication Info:RosettaStone
Electronic Unit Cost:$25.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.